THE popularity of a late local musician saw more than £800 raised for Marie Curie at a special charity evening in Cowdenbeath.

Ian Hynd, 73, played with WYSIWYG, along with Willie Muir, Robin Haddow, Michael Hynd and Paul Harley, but fell ill and passed away earlier this year.

He was a popular member of the group as bass guitarist and vocalist, and this was underlined by the full house at the charity night, on November 12, at Cowdenbeath Bowling Club.

Willie Muir said: “Ian was a popular local musician, from Lochgelly, who played in a lot of successful bands such as Blue Coral, Peace and Quiet, Gayles Blues, Spectra, and True Vintage, and was an original member of the very popular Fife combo: Joe's Band."

Ian went on to join Willie in the band Alaska and the duo played on many cruise ships.

Added Willie: “Ian was a talented guitarist and bass player, and a fantastic lead vocalist.

“He fell ill earlier in the year and his family were so impressed with magnificent help and support they were given by Marie Curie staff, we felt we should so something for them.

“We were so grateful to everyone who turned out in memory of our former bass player and lead singer, who was 73, who was known by everyone as Nai (Ian backwards) and helped the proceeds raised for Marie Curie total £815.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to the Bowling Club, and Archie Muir and the helpers, who organised the raffle and auction.

“There were supposed to be three bands and a guest singer on the night, but unfortunately only a few guys were able to turn up, up as the rest weren't there due to Covid issues, so WYSIWYG played the full night with the help of Stevie.

“The guest singer was Anne Ewan, who put on an absolutely brilliant performance.”

Our picture shows Charlotte Gilbert, from Marie Curie, receiving the cheque from Joyce Burns, Ian’s partner; watched by Eddie Hastie, Robin Haddow, Willie Muir, Paul Harley, Mike Hynd, Archie Muir and Anne Ewan.